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......::::THE SHADELESS EMPEROR (Greece)::::......
Date: 14th, October 2013
(Answers by Ethan Tziokas - Vocals/Flute)

1.  1. Let´s unveil the past of “THE SHADELESS EMPEROR” first, how did the band members come together? What would you consider your biggest achievement so far to be?

The band was born in 2009 in Larissa, Central Greece, by Chris (Guitars), Ethan (Vocals) and Tasos (Guitars). We had many influences and we wanted to create something derived by those. After a long search for other members we came across with Michael (Drums) and his brother Tasos (Bass). While with this line up, we recorded our first demo (Homeland), which is our biggest achievement so far. In January 2013 we released the demo and later this year Tasos (Bass) was replaced by Filippos. 

2. As I can see, your basic topic is melodic music linked with a lot of fantasy lyrical themes. So how much innovative is the sound the band has to offer to the listeners?

We actually wanted to create a unique sound that differs massively from the other acts our country (and not only) exports. We basically have many influences such as Melodic Death, Prog Metal, Folk, as well as Power Metal, and we decided to combine all those influences with our love for literature. And believe us, you can actually “hear” our influences from literature!! Each listener can interpret our songs in a completely different way and find stuff in it that someone else couldn’t find. As for the genre we call it Epic/Melodic Death Metal.

3. Despite the band has been playing during 4 years now, you have only released one demo so far. What`s the reason for this? Maybe the line up changes?

Basically we are active 2 years now. The first two years were experimental and we were writing material, that parts of it can be heard in our already published demo. There were several problems in the lineup too, for we were only three stable members in the band that time. The line-up changed so many times, but we are currently confident with its structure.

4. How would you describe a “THE SHADELESS EMPEROR” ’s live? Where does the band feel the best to you, in rehearsal, studio or live?!  

Our lives are quite powerful, intense and dramatic and… “headbangy”. Actually everybody loves lives. It is your performance and you tried your best to achieve it. The rehearsals are the “tool” you use to achieve that performance, practice more and meet with the band and have a great time. As for the studio it’s stressful enough but we certainly enjoy it.

5. About song writing, how long will it take to complete a song (your song). Is it possible to complete it all in an hour, or in day, or it might even took long periods of refining the lines, etc. 

We are overthinking about the tracks and we are not completely pleased with the outcomes, so it takes us months to write a song until it reaches its final form. Imagine that we were writing “Homeland” for a year and a half and we still want to change some parts of it for our album to come.*Laughter*. But, there are times we work faster and write material in shorter periods of time as well. 

6. How so you became strongly influenced by mythology and philosophy? Is there any particular book/author you would like to mention?

We love books and the whole idea of “The Shadeless Emperor” was to emerge those lyrical themes into our musical influences, as mentioned above. We come from a country rich of ancient myths and legends so we wanted to add them into our songs. As for fantasy we are obsessed with Tolkien. So, this, answers a lot of questions *Laughter*. But seriously, I (Ethan) adore many writers such as Plato, Tolkien, Stephen King or Kazantzakis or even Rowling. You can find so many musical ideas encrypted into words, that it is breath-taking.  

7. What music format do you prefer the most; vinyl, CD, or cassettes? Do you think it is really good to release one album in these three mentioned formats?

That’s quite difficult. Vinyls and cassettes were at their best in the 80’s and the CD’s were pretty famous in the 00’s. Everything has their advantages and their disadvantages but I won’t choose something in particular because I enjoy them all. There are collectors, you see, that would like to buy an album released as a vinyl or as a cassette. So if a band can afford it, I can’t see a reason why not to release it in these formats as well. 
 
8. I always enjoy hearing what life is like outside of a band. What can you share with us about what your lives are like outside of the bands? Wives, kids, jobs, hobbies?

Everybody studies in this time of our lives. And some of us have jobs as well. No kids though and no wives.
Chris studies Accounting and he enjoys walking in the town, reading books and watching movies.
Tasos studies Computer Engineering and is a crazy gamer. He enjoys martial arts and he also reads books as well.
Filippos studies Sound Engineering and adores books as hell as wells as sports and art in general. In addition he has a Doom/Death project called “Arcanus”. (Check it out)Michael is the only one working professionally. He is a Sound Engineer and enjoys his work so much. He plays drums for many other bands as well and like everybody else he enjoys reading books. 
I (Ethan) study Psychology and I am a huge fan of my school as well as art in general. I enjoy reading books, sports, cooking, volunteering and travelling. I, as well, work as a graphic artist for bands and not only.
 
9. - Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to conclude this interview

Thanks so much for the opportunity you gave us. This is actually our first interview for a foreign zine and it was pretty much exciting. We hope the best for you and The Pain Fucktory. 
\m/ AND FANTASY FOR ALL \m/

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